Solothurn's "local" mountain
The Weissenstein can be hiked from Solothurn through the wild and romantic Verena Gorge in a good three hours. A more comfortable way is to take the Weissenstein cable car from Oberdorf station (SO). During the ten-minute ride, a spectacular panoramic view opens up over the Mittelland, the Alps and the three lakes at the border of Jura.
Solothurn's local mountain is the starting point for one-day and multi-day hikes in the Jura. The Planetary Path leads over the Hasenmatt, at 1444 m the highest point in Canton Solothurn, to the Grenchenberge. Well-equipped picnic areas invite you to enjoy a barbecue. Numerous sinkholes bear witness to the holey limestone subsoil. In the well-tended alpine meadows, the deep furrows of hungry wild boars can be observed in some places. The Hotel Weissenstein and the mountain inns Sennhaus and Hinter-Weissenstein offer regional specialities in an informal atmosphere.
Train: From Solothurn main station to Oberdorf SO station with the Weissenstein Express in the direction of Moutier.
From Moutier station to Oberdorf SO station with the Weissenstein Express towards Solothurn.
By car: A5 exit Solothurn West, direction Langendorf/Oberdorf.
Parking fees: CHF 1.50 per hour / CHF 9.00 per day.
The hiking possibilities on the Weissenstein are almost limitless. At 1280m above sea level, the Weissenstein is an ideal starting point for hikes lasting one or more days on the first Jura chain.
- Mountain bike
Breathtaking views and exciting descents!
Explore the Weissenstein on two wheels.
- Jura Garden
The Jura Garden Weissenstein shows the typical plants of the Jura; it is located directly south of the Hotel Weissenstein and is freely accessible all year round. The busiest flowering period is during the months of June and July.
- Planetary path
The Planetary Path is an experience for the whole family. Every kilometre hiked corresponds to one billion kilometres in the solar system, which gives you an idea of the dimensions in outer space. Information boards explain the most important characteristics of the planets.
Up with the gondola and down with the paraglider: The Weissenstein is a suitable starting point for paragliding.
- Winter hiking
Leisurely winter hike above the sea of fog on a snowy plain. Well suited as a family hike.
- Cross-country skiing
The six-kilometre-long cross-country ski trail is located on the plain between the Sennhaus and Hinter Weissenstein.
You can also hike in deep snow.
- Scavenger hunt with chocolate fondue
Suitable for young and old with a sweet tooth and especially recommended for families.
Fast, winding and with lots of speed! Or leisurely and suitable for the whole family:
Weissenstein sledging trails
Nice to know
- The pass road is usually closed in winter when there is snow. Information on road conditions.
- On Sundays and public holidays there is a ban on driving on the pass road between 9-16 hrs.
- The cable car to the Weissenstein is wheelchair accessible. The lift in the valley station takes you to the ground-level gondola entrance on the 1st floor.